Preserving Natural Resources…

The Assabet Village Food Cooperative has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA to offer rain barrels to residents as part of a community wide water conservation program.

“Offering rain barrels fits in well with the Co-op’s vision of practicing economic and environmental sustainability,” says Tina Woolston, Maynard resident and Assabet Village Food Co-op Owner. “Using rain water for irrigation reduces the pressure on our drinking water supply, which is already under a state-mandated level 1 water restriction.  Rain barrels are easy to set up and use and like the ubiquitous recycling bin, we hope they become a standard in all local homes.”

207A Level 1 Water Use Restrictions prohibit non-essential outdoor water use between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  In New England residential water usage can increase as much as 60% during the spring, summer and fall seasons from outdoor watering needs such as watering gardens, lawns, filling pools and, washing cars. Barrels can offset that usage; saving homeowner’s money and helping communities manage water supplies.  Rain barrels can also reduce runoff.  In watershed areas, runoff from homes and developments can harm existing water sources because overtaxed storm sewers discharge polluted runoff. Over time this takes a toll on the fragile aquatic ecosystem that the area is dependant on.

Suzanne Gebelein, Owner of the Great American Rain Barrel Company comments, “We have been selling barrels for 20 years and we are seeing a very positive trend. More and more communities nationwide, like Maynard,  are bringing large scale programs to their towns, encouraging more residents to conserve water but also helping their town mitigate pollution in the water supplies on a larger scale.”

Homeowners can easily connect the barrels to their downspouts and significantly offset their watering needs. In this region there is typically 16” of rain from May 1st – September 30th.  For every inch of rainfall a 1,000 square foot surface can collect 620 gallons of water, which means that over the course of the extended summer months an average roof of 2,400 square feet could see more than 20,000 gallons of fresh rainwater passing over its surface from May through September.  That is a pretty significant source of water that homeowners could be tapping into for free.  Just keeping a small 10’ x 10’ garden irrigated during the summer months can mean using up to 1,700 gallons of water.   Based on the average roof size, more than two 60 gallon rain barrels would fill for every  1/10”  of rainfall. The Great American Rain Barrel Company recommends one barrel for every 100 square feet garden.

Assabet Village Food Co-op is offering the Great American Rain Barrel in three colors: Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray, at the low cost of $79 versus the retail price of $119. To take advantage of this community program discount please click above, or visit look for “shop local programs” in the left side bar, and click on “Assabet Village Food Co-op, Maynard pickup.” You can also email or call (800)251-2352 or (800)251-2352.

913768_10152760279840085_785682357_oBarrels will be distributed at The Maynard Farmer’s Market on Saturday June 27th from 9:00-11:00am.  The Maynard Farmers’ Market is located in Clock Tower Place Parking Lot off of Main St., Maynard, MA next to the Mill pond.  Please ONLY order a barrel if you are able to pick it up on this date. 

Deadline for purchase is June 20th 5:00pm

The Great American Rain Barrel Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of a Mediterranean specialty food importing business. The barrels are recycled from 6o gallon shipping drums and distributed to homeowners nationwide. For information about The Great American Rain Barrel Company and their products please visit

For more information contact: Suzanne Gebelein (800)251-2352,

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